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Big Features Come To Dropbox

The pioneering online storage app Dropbox has just added some useful new features to expand its scope - and its user base

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Dropbox started in 2008 offering 2GB of free storage to those who joined and more each time they referred the service to friends. The contact had to not just receive the invitation but activate a Dropbox account. Beyond that, users need to pay a subscription fee to get more storage.

Dropbox has gradually evolved its application, available on all mobile platforms as well as the Web, to make it easier and easier to use. The service began to allow an automatic upload of photos, for instance, when it was found that users used Dropbox to upload photos shot on the mobile phone. Other features also made their way to Dropbox, including closer integration with Microsoft Office. The company also launched a business version with extra paid features.

Now Dropbox has released yet more features including scanning and upload of PDFs to its cloud platform. For business subscription users, there's the added benefit of OCR or optical character recognition which makes the documents uploaded searchable by keyword. Scanning documents such as bills and receipts is reminiscent of Evernote, the notes and task management app used by millions of users on all platforms - including wearables.

Other business user features include being able to create Office documents straight from Dropbox. This would be a move to make it more of a comprehensive platform, much beyond the pure storage app it once began with. Updates include easier sharing, enhanced commenting.

The new features, including scanning, are currently on its updated iOS and Mac app, but will eventually make their way to Android.


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